• The churches of San Antonio were the heart of the Spanish colonal mission communities.

    San Antonio Missions

    National Historical Park Texas

Things To Do

Park Visitor Center at Mission San José
Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The park is closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.
Driving directions to the Visitor Center.

Movie: Gente de Razón Shown on the hour and half-hour beginning at 9:30 am, with the last show at 4:30 pm. Close-captioned.
This award-winning film tells the story of the native people of 18th-century south Texas, their role in colonizing New Spain, and the results of entering the Spanish missions.

Museum
The displays exhibit authentic and replicated artifacts explaining the diverse tasks found within the Spanish missions.

Park Store The Park Store provides educational materials to park visitors to better understand the Spanish colonial period of American history and associated subjects. Your purchases directly support educational and research programs at this park. Operated by Western National Parks Association, a non-profit organization authorized by Congress to assist the National Park Service.
 

Did You Know?

Ruins of a home at Mission Espada

that Spanish missions were not churches? They were Indian towns, with the church as the focus, where, in the 1700s, the native people were learning to become Spanish citizens. In order to become a citizen, they had to be Catholic; that is why the King of Spain sent missionaries to acculturate them.